The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Opus Community Foundation toward the continued implementation of SMART Girls. The Opus Community Foundation “provid[es] financial support to nonprofit organizations that make a positive and meaningful impact in our communities”. SMART (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) Girls positively impacts the community by empowering participants to make positive decisions regarding their health while also encouraging girls to achieve their goals. SMART Girls is currently offered in 11 Clubs and is open to girls ages 8-18.
Wells Fargo Foundation Funds Power Hour
The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) with a $20,000 grant to implement Power Hour across the organization. Power Hour, an afterschool homework help and tutoring program, helps youth stay current on coursework and achieve academic success. Clubs dedicate an hour Monday through Thursday for youth to complete their homework and provide rewards and incentives to further motivate youth. BGCSC is pleased to continue to work with the Wells Fargo Foundation to work toward shared goals of promoting academic achievement among low and moderate income youth.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF PRESTIGIOUS THOMAS G. GARTH AWARD
Bill Tsoukalas Named 2014 Recipient of Highest Honor for Club Professionals
SAN FRANCISO, May 10, 2014 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced tonight that Bill Tsoukalas, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has been awarded the 2014 Thomas G. Garth Character and Courage Award – the highest honor the organization can bestow on a Club professional. Tsoukalas was presented with this award during a ceremony held at BGCA’s 108th Annual National Conference in San Francisco.
The Thomas G. Garth Character and Courage Award was created in memory of the former BGCA President and is presented each year during the national conference to a Club professional who best exemplifies the qualities and character that made Garth an extraordinary leader and role model during his decades of service to the organization Bill Tsoukalas – Thomas G Garth Announcement
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County received a generous gift from the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation to help pay for a new van for our Arlington Club. Located in the City of Arlington and serving a growing area in North Snohomish County that includes Arlington, Darrington, Oso, Stanwood, Lakewood, and north Marysville. The Club served 1,900 school-age youth in 2013, and 360 per day. The van will provide transportation to and from school as well as for field trips during scheduled school breaks, including the summer.
BGCSC announces the kick-off of it annual giving campaign. Beginning May 1st and running through June 26th, the Campaign for Kids is the primary source of annual funding for our organization. Contributing to CFK helps establish a base of supporters who are involved, informed, and committed to our work. We never turn a child away. No child is denied access to programs and membership. A membership is $30 annually, but the true cost for each kid is between $350 and $500, depending on how frequently they attend the club.
Why Your Support is Needed in Snohomish County:
- 12% of kids under the age of 18 are living in poverty
- 31% of children are left alone and are responsible for taking care of themselves before and after school
- 39,820, nearly a quarter of all kids in our communities do not know where their next meal is coming from
- 24% of students did not graduate from high school
How Your Support will Help
- BGCSC serves nearly 17,000 kids annually in our 19 Clubs
- BGCSC serves over 3,000 meals and snacks to kids everyday
- Over 7,000 Club kids are involved in programs promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character & leadership.
- 2,000 Club kids are involved in programs such as Power Hour, teaching them productive study habits and offering adult tutoring and mentoring.
“You need to be involved with the Boys & Girls Club because they’re working with some great kids. You will make a lasting impression in these kids’ lives and will impact how they do in school, their home life; you will make them feel valued.” ~Tyrone McMorris, South Everett/Mukilteo Club Volunteer